University set to inspire the next generation of talent with family festival

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From starring in your own TV show, jewellery making and designing your own building, to a family portrait experience, embroidery workshops and historical object handling, Birmingham City University will be throwing open its doors to the public on Saturday 10 June for a one-of-a-kind hands-on experience.


Inspired Family Day will welcome families for an action-packed day of free and fun-filled events and activities for all ages between 10am and 3pm.


Taking place at Birmingham City University’s City Centre Campus, situated in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside, the family festival will introduce youngsters to the range of subjects on offer at the institution and showcase potential career options.  


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Highlights of Inspired Family Day include drop in, make-and-take sessions for the under 10s, while young adults can have a go at reading the news in one of the University’s TV studios. Families will be able to learn about photography and create a group portrait memento ahead of Father’s Day, or star in their very own sitcom. 


Meanwhile, as construction for High Speed 2 (HS2) gets underway in Birmingham, youngsters will be able to design their own train station for the city, and budding fashionistas will be able to try their hand at one of the festival’s jewellery, textiles and embroidery workshops. 


Coupled with this, there will be the opportunity to meet with world-class academics, who are training the next generation of creative professionals.


Inspired Family Day will officially open Birmingham City University’s Inspired Festival, now in its fourth year. It showcases the talent of the institution’s final year students in disciplines such as film, art, architecture, fashion and photography.


Visitors to Inspired Family Day will get the opportunity to see many of the student’s exhibitions in the University’s £62 million Parkside Building, which boasts cutting edge facilities – including Europe's largest static green screen.



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Sara Middleton, Associate Dean at Birmingham City University, said:


“Inspired Festival celebrates the wealth of creative talent being nurtured and developed in the region – but we also want to introduce the next generation to all the amazing subjects they can study here and go on to forge a successful career in. 


“The theme of this year’s Festival is ‘Birmingham, our stage’ and our Inspired Family Day will echo this, celebrating all that makes our city so wonderful and unique.


“We are working hard to deliver a packed programme of unmissable events and activities for everyone to enjoy for free. We also look forward to welcoming hundreds of visitors from the region and beyond to come and see the wealth of truly awe-inspiring work our students have been developing and creating during their time at Birmingham City University.”


During Inspired Festival the public will be given the opportunity to take part in a series of workshops focussed on enhancing creativity, and all events and activities will be showcased using the hashtag #BCUinspired.


Further Inspired Festival events will be held at the University’s City Centre Campus in Birmingham’s Eastside as well as Birmingham School of Jewellery and Birmingham School of Art, ranging from music and literature performances to fashion shows and innovative technology demonstrations.



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